No more Sharks, just good rugby

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 10 Jul 2013 at 09:18
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So the top 6 has been determined and we can’t really say that we’re all that surprised that the Sharks didn’t sneak their way in this time. Pretty early on it was evident that this year wouldn’t be the Sharks’ year.

Congratulations have to go to the Cheetahs though, who have made history by making it into the knock out rounds of Super Rugby for the first time. The Crusaders seem to be the form team of the top 6 though, toppling New Zealand conference-leading Chiefs, which has opened the door for the Bulls to take top spot on the log.

Meanwhile the Bulls, even though they could now top the log, will have to improve their game if they want to take full advantage of their opportunity to get a home semi-final and possibly final. They just got past the Sharks in a game where they never looked like winning and but for a poor kicking performance by the Sharks would probably not have been so lucky to get the 4 log points that they did out of this game.

Then there are the Australian teams, who will be welcomed back to the competition after their disappointing loss to the Lions in the final and deciding game of the tour. It’s the Brumbies and the Reds who will be flying the flag for them. It’s hard to say how they will do with only one week to go to get themselves back into the swing of things before they will be thrown into the knock out rounds.

One expects the top 6 to win their last game before the play-offs, therefore leaving the standings unchanged. This will leave the Bulls and Chiefs in the strongest possible position, with the Brumbies and Crusaders being the most likely to move on into the semi-finals, but looking ahead at the fixtures of the last round it would seem that the Bulls, who will be playing an away fixture against a strong opposition, as the Stormers at home is never an easy game, it is still possible that the Bulls could drop down to third on the log, which will mean that the Cheetahs will then play the Bulls in the first quarter final and the Chiefs and the Brumbies will be in the most dominant position.

I can’t deny that whenever the Sharks aren’t involved in the competition anymore my interest dwindles, but I also have to admit that I am a little relieved that this Super Rugby season is over for us. It has been a tough season, tough to see the Sharks struggle game by game and knowing that it’s over for the Sharks, might just make these last few games a little more enjoyable and stress free. Who doesn’t enjoy watching good rugby impartially. I’m putting my money on the Crusaders taking it all this year and hoping that the Cheetahs will at least make it to the semi’s.

1 Comment

  • 😈 With you on this! 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.07.13 10:37:38 by KILLER SHARK Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter

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